Group Therapy for Addiction

Group therapy session

Break Free From the Grip of Addiction

Understanding and overcoming the dangers of addiction.

In the journey towards overcoming addiction, finding a community of understanding and support is essential. That’s where group therapy for addiction treatment comes in. With its roots dating back to the early 20th century, group therapy offers a safe space to connect with others facing similar struggles. Led by CATCH Recovery’s trained therapists, these sessions provide emotional support and valuable insights and skills to navigate the challenges of recovery. If you’re seeking a compassionate and knowledgeable environment that promotes healing and growth, our group counselling sessions might just be what you need.

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What Is Group Therapy

In the context of addiction treatment, group therapy is a form of therapy where you participate in regular sessions with a trained therapist and a group of 6-12 people to combat your addiction problems and gain support from others. It provides a safe and supportive environment to share experiences, struggles, and emotions with people who are going through similar challenges. Our therapists guide the sessions and ensure that everyone has an opportunity to be heard. You can learn from others through group therapy, develop new coping strategies, and build a strong support network. It offers a sense of community and belonging essential for your recovery journey. Group therapy is a practical approach in addiction counselling as it combines professional guidance with the power of peer support to help you overcome your addiction.

How to Become Part of the Community

Joining the community is as simple as attending regular sessions and engaging with peers. By participating in specialised group therapy sessions for addiction treatment, you can become part of a community that understands your struggles and provides unwavering support.

Opening up may feel challenging, but witnessing others sharing can encourage you to do the same. The group offers more than support; it also provides opportunities for growth, accountability, and mentorship. Together, we can navigate the path towards recovery and create lasting experiences that provide learning and hope.

Is Group Therapy Good for Me?

By actively participating in group discussions as part of our outpatient programme you can gain valuable insights, perspectives, and coping strategies that may inspire positive changes in your life. Additionally, being surrounded by a community that is committed to their recovery can foster a sense of belonging, acceptance, and accountability. Through mutual support and shared experiences, group therapy can empower you on your path towards lasting healing and growth.

The Group Therapy Types

While we follow a schedule so that you can trust our sessions to be on time and a sure provider of advice when you need it, we practise several different types of group therapy based on the specific needs of each participant group.

  • Psychoeducational groups – Expand your understanding of addiction and mental health by exploring a variety of topics. Gain insight into the disease of addiction, treatments such as medications, and medical and mental conditions that can impact recovery. Delve into the impact of trauma and strategies for preventing relapse. Additionally, discover key healthy lifestyle components that can support your journey towards sobriety. Through substance abuse group therapy sessions, you will be encouraged to apply these topics to your own experiences and challenges.
  • Interpersonal process groups – Joining these groups is an opportunity to address personal issues, find solutions, and improve group dynamics. You can receive valuable feedback and support by sharing your concerns with others. Interpersonal process groups offer a unique chance to explore your relationships with others in a safe and supportive environment. As you interact with group members, you may discover similarities to your interactions with family and loved ones. This can help you gain insight into relationship dynamics and develop more effective communication skills.
  • Skills development groups – Joining this group can equip you with effective tools to prevent relapse and develop practical skills for daily life. You’ll benefit from learning techniques such as drug refusal, improved communication, anger management, relaxation, and coping strategies for urges and triggers. Additionally, this group offers the opportunity to rediscover old skills that may have been overshadowed by addiction and acquire new ones.
  • Cognitive–behavioural/problem-solving groups – In order to identify potential self-destructive behaviours, these groups employ a variety of techniques to help members recognize their thinking and relational patterns. By participating in these groups, you will develop problem-solving skills, set achievable goals, and gain the ability to identify behaviours and emotions that may trigger substance abuse.
  • Support groups –Joining these groups can significantly aid in coping with daily challenges and staying sober. The groups offer valuable peer support and promote accountability, which is particularly crucial during the initial stages of recovery.
  • Inpatient rehab groups – For those who need an inpatient treatment programme, therapist-led group is an invaluable asset. With their specialist training and expertise, they can provide evidence-based tested strategies and guidance to help you make the most of the group experience.

How Group Counselling Helps the Different Types of Addictions

If you’re struggling with alcohol addiction, group counselling can provide a supportive and understanding environment where you can connect with others who have similar experiences. It offers the opportunity to share your struggles, learn coping skills, and receive encouragement from peers who understand what you’re going through. For prescription drug addiction, group counselling can help you navigate the challenges of withdrawal and recovery while providing a space for open discussions about triggers and relapse prevention strategies. In the case of cannabis addiction, group counselling can assist in addressing underlying issues that contribute to substance use, such as anxiety or depression. Finally, for those dealing with pornography addiction, group counselling can offer a non-judgmental space to explore the root causes of addictive behaviours and develop healthy coping mechanisms with the support of others facing similar challenges.

For Alcohol Addiction

You can benefit from group therapy for alcohol addiction by learning from both the failures and successes of others and recognising your own struggles. Witnessing the progress of fellow participants at various stages of recovery from alcoholism builds hope and confidence in your own journey.

For Prescription Drug Addiction

If you are struggling with prescription drug addiction, group therapy will be a good choice for you because you will not only meet like-minded peers but also discover methods with which to remove addictive medications from your everyday life.

For Cannabis Addiction

When struggling with cannabis addiction, joining a group of individuals facing similar challenges can provide invaluable insight into the effects of cannabis on everyday life, relationships and careers. You will be able to open up and face your own challenges but overcome them with the full support of everyone participating.

For Pornography Addiction

If you’re struggling with pornography addiction, you may think everyone will judge you. In our group sessions, this is not the case. When you are a part of the group you will feel welcome and learn new ways to handle cravings and triggering situations through the support network formed in the group therapy setting.

Support groups provide opportunities to forge sober friendships, receive mentoring, stay accountable for your progress, and experience a sense of belonging and acceptance within the group. Through group therapy for substance use disorder, you can find solace, understanding, and encouragement as you navigate your path towards sobriety.

I Struggle in Crowds. Would Group Therapy Be Difficult for Me?

It’s understandable that being in a group setting could make you feel nervous initially. However, it’s important to remember that group therapy is designed to provide a safe and supportive environment. The therapist leading the sessions is trained to create a space that promotes comfort and respect for each participant. They will ensure that everyone has an opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings while also offering guidance and support throughout the process. Additionally, being in a group setting allows you to witness others opening up, which can encourage vulnerability and help you feel less alone in your journey. Remember, the ultimate goal of group therapy is to provide community support and build a strong network of individuals who understand what you’re going through.

CATCH Recovery’s Group Counselling Methods

CATCH Recovery’s specialists work in different ways based on their expertise. Most of the CATCH counsellors will follow a model based around the 12-steps of addiction recovery, where group meetings offer an unforgettable experience of opening up and creating a network of friends who can lend a hand when needed.

Some of our group therapies will be more psychologically inclined, while others will be more holistic. Please discuss any preferences you have and we will be happy to assist.

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